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Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Hye-soo, Yu Hae-jin
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Movie Title : 타짜 ("Tajja").

Official english title : War of Flowers

Cast : Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Hye-soo, Yu Hae-jin

Director : Choi Dong-hoon ( previous work include The Big Swindle

Release date : 28 September 2006

Synopsis :

WAR OF FLOWERS ("Tajja"). Based on a popular newspaper comic strip known for its well-developed characters and long continuity, War Of The Flowers is director Choi Dong-hoon's (The Big Swindle) second feature film. The new story focuses on Goni who is a reckless young man who will do anything to get out of the poverty he is living in. His job at a furniture factory does not pay him enough. He then discovers how much can be made at the game of 'Go-Stop'. The Korean title, Tajja, refers to someone who cheats at gambling and using his newfound skill, Koni begins making money hand over fist. Taking the lead in this film is actor Jo Seung-woo (Marathon, Chunhyang). Kim Hye-soo (The Red Shoes, Kick The Moon) also appears as the character Madame Jang while the rest of the cast is filled out with the talents of Baek Yoon-shik (Save The Green Planet, Art Of Fighting), Yoo Hae-jin (The King And The Clown, Attack The Gas Station), Lee Soo-kyeong (Wet Dreams 2) and Kim Yoon-seok (Running Wild, All For Love). CJ Entertainment plans to release the film

source from koreafilm.org

official website : www.tazza2006.co.kr

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Encouraged by Heo Yeong-mahn, Original Cartoonist-

When asked to have a round, Cho Seung-woo refused, saying No, I am clean now. Yet he unveiled his tips after tinkering with a few flower cards, Korean playing cards.

Vets mark their own area. They fold cards they want to have in order to know which ones are the desired ones. While showing finger magic, he drops cards by mistake. Thats because here is not blanket, said Cho jokingly.

It was really tough. Since I have never played Go Stop game, let alone gambled, I did not understand what heukssari was. Also, my hands were small so not perfect for normal flower cards. For the three months during the shot, I learned from real gambling veteran, but I still felt uncomfortable about bringing flower cards in my pocket.

Cho was the first one who came forward to choose the movie. He is the big fan of Choi Dong-hoon, director of The Big Swindle, and he said he would be in the film when he heard Choi was planning to make cartoon Tazza of Heo Yeong-mahn into a film.

At first, people said casting Cho is not right decision, and I was very nervous. Yet when Heo said if you would just mimic the character in the cartoon, dont even try to make the movie, I was encouraged to try. Instead of the original work, I grabbed the scenario and thought about a person who is freewheeling and full of guts, and cares about only himself.

Feel Unveiling a Secret Girlfriend-

Movie Tazza is not about gambling but about people, said Cho. Goni, who happened to engage in Seota (a type of flower cards game) gambling rounds, he loses all he had including his sisters money she received when she got divorced. Goni flees his home. While dreaming about becoming the best gambler, he meets legendary gambler Pyeong (Baek Yoon-sik) and learn the secrets. He thinks he will quit gambling when he makes five times his sisters money. However, he can not escape from femme fatale attraction of Madame Jung (Kim Hye-soo), gamble organizer, and strengthens the ties with Goh Gwang-ryeol (Yoo Hae-jin).

Charismatic Cho played charismatic role, which is like a fish in the water. When asked if he was a bad guy in high school, he said no without hesitation. Only being in mid-20s, he seems like an old man who knows my inner thoughts.

I was precocious and I behaved like an adult because I wanted to be 30. I am the only male in my family so I thought myself as head of the family and wanted to earn money. But my friend once said to me that every mans mental age is 14, he said to laughter.

Organizing flower cards at the end of the interview, Cho said I am both nervous and pleased to see the release of the movie coming near. He explained he felt like showing his secret girlfriend to the public. Yet soon he stated bluntly nothing to worry about and nothing to regret. His eyes seem overlapped with Gonis eyes.

source http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?...d=2006092109938

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War of Flowers CHOI Dong-hoon's 2nd film

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Director CHOI Dong-hoon's new film in time for the Chuseok holiday in Korea - War of Flowersstars JO Seung-woo as a young man drawn in the world of the Korean card game hwatu (flower cards). He 'borrows' his sister's moneyto be able to participate in the games, only to lose it all.

He then sets out to become a hwatu master and to win back the money, encountering ruthless criminals involved in gambling through hwatu and a seductive - and equally ruthless - woman on his way. BAEK Yoon-sik plays a hwatu master teaching him the tricks and KIM Hye-soo is the powerful and seductive woman in the world of hwatu and gambling.

War of Flowers is based on HEO Young-man's popular manwha (Korean manga/comic book) of the same title as the Korean title of the film, Tajja. HEO's work is a popular source for film and television drama content. Beat was adapted into a feature film in 1997 and HEO's Freeloader is in development to be turned into a film and a television drama.

CHOI Dong-hoon debuted with the acclaimed heist film The Big Swindle(2004) and the cast included BAEK Yoon-sik. JO Seung-woo recent films included the popular Marathon (2005) and IM Kwon-taek's Low Life (2004).

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/news/news_view...t=1&p_item=

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09-28-2006

'High Rollers' Gives High Thrill

By Kim Tae-jong

Staff Reporter

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A scene from "Tazza: The High Rollers"

If you could sweep into the hidden corners of your conscience the numerous evil aspects and warnings about gambling, then it could surely appear to be a highly tempting and entertaining game. You place your bet and you can test your luck.

The game is never that simple, however, as ruthless desires, severe betrayals and naïve hopes are intermixed. The outcome often tends to be a life-threatening crisis, rather than a life changing chance that people dream of.

The new domestic film "Tazza: The High Rollers" successfully captures this fatal attraction and brings it more alive through interesting characters.

Directed by Choi Dong-hun, the film is an adaptation of a hit comic series by Hur Young-man. And veteran actors such as Cho Seung-woo, Kim Hye-soo, Baek Yoon-sik and Yoo Hae-jin bring life back to their counterparts from the original into the movie.

The film revolves around Ko-ni (by Cho), an ordinary factory worker at a furniture company, who loses everything overnight at a gambling table.

He loses all his money and his sister’s alimony from her divorce. He later finds out that he was swindled and he has no choice but to run away from his family.

He struggles to get his life back by winning a high stake game and dreams of returning to his family, but things don't go well. But a "hidden card" is dealt to him in the form of legendary professional gambler Pyong Kyong-jang (by Baek).

He begs Pyong to teach him to become a "tazza," Korean slang for a top professional gambler, like Pyong. He is taught various tricks and skills and starts to win lots of money in gambling houses nationwide.

But he can't quit gambling and get back to his ordinary life as he promised Pyong when he first started learning from him, and he dreams of having bigger and more risky bets, and he joins the gang led by Miss Jang (by Kim), who organizes big gambling games with swindlers.

For bigger causes, he later risks his life, love and everything that he has and tests his luck and talents without knowing what awaits him.

Compared to the director's successful debut thriller "The Big Swindle," the new film takes a different approach.

His first film was a kind of puzzle, to which the director invited the audience with scattered clues that led them slowly toward a climactic finish, but the new movie is more of a collection of stories about each character but less of an in-depth exploration of human nature.

e3dward@koreatimes.co.kr

Source: The Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/20...16515910970.htm

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Sept 28, 2006

Another Cerebral Treat From Choi Dong-hoon

If you expect the extreme logic and totally absorbing force of "The Big Swindle" from director Choi Dong-hoon's new work "War of Flower" you will be disappointed. But the new film is still engaging enough to prove an intellectual talent rare in Korea's Hollywood Chungmuro. A gripping combination of crime thriller and gambling movie, "War of Flower" released on Thursday pieces together into a complicated puzzle. The director's taste for a brain teaser rather than melodrama is again evident in this gripping film, and viewers will be grateful for that.

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A poster for "War of Flower"

After losing all his money including his sister's dowry in a card game, Goni (Cho Seung-woo) meets the legendary flower card master Pyeong Gyeong-jang (Paek Yoon-shik). The famous gambler is afraid of nothing if he has 48 flower cards with him. Determined to stop gambling when he makes five times as much money as the dowry he lost, Goni starts to learn the skills. But he breaks his word after being seduced by casino hostess Jeong (Kim Hye-soo).

The first half part of the two-and-a-half-hour movie based on a series of comic books by Huh Young-man makes viewers feel breathless just to keep up with all the new characters introduced -- this may be because even the rather long running time is not enough time to render life as vividly as the original -- but the second half is unbearably suspenseful even for readers of the original comic books. It may be the director's talent to put the jigsaw together piece by piece, but it is the actors who give life to the story. Cho Seung-woo's acting is somewhat repetitive and standard as young Goni, but as he grows into a flower card master, he shows he has the potential to become a master at his own craft one day.

And no one could have played a femme fatale better than Kim Hye-soo, who pours all she has into playing the hostess, whose role is bigger than in the original. Yoo Hae-jin also shows himself indispensable in a part that breaks the tension with his talkativeness and dissimulation at critical moments in the film. In a scene where he kisses a bar hostess seduced in a dark shabby theater in the neighborhood, his acting reaches the level of high art. Paek Yoon-shik, already an established character actor with his role in "The Big Swindle," once again proves that he is unrivaled at playing the shark. You will know what "electric" means when you hear him threaten someone, and see his expression at the last, life-or-death game.

Source: englishnews@chosun.com

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0609280009.html

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[2006 K-FILM PREVIEWS] Choi Dong-Hoon's 타짜 (War of Flowers)

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필사즉생, 행생즉사 (必死則生,幸生則死. If you're prepared to die you'll live, if you try to survive by luck you'll die)

이순신 장군 - Admiral Lee Soon-Shin

The great Lee Soon-Shin often said it, trying to stir courage into his soldiers, outnumbered by countless Japanese ships. That if you're prepared to die, there's nothing you can't achieve. In some ways the world of gambling, especially games with traditional Korean 'flower cards' (화투, hwatu), presents the same issues: play safe and you have less chances of winning, risk a little without fear and you might be rewarded. Adapted from Heo Young-Man's popular manhwa series, Choi Dong-Hoon's 타짜 (War of Flowers) deals with people throwing their life on the line for a card game. Samurai of the gambling world, the cards their swords, the rules of the game their Bushido. Strategy is what keeps them alive, a single wrong move what could ruin them. Some card players show the same kind of nervousness before a big match two duelists show before a fight to the death, so much they often use drugs to calm down their instincts. Heo Young-Man's original featured a young man from Mt. Jiri, Gon (Jo Seung-Woo), entering the world of flower card games by accident, and finding himself in a life/death situation. He's cheated out of a large sum of money, and his only way to save himself is finding that master everyone is talking about, to learn all the tricks of the game, and fight his way back.

Heo is not new to films or Dramas adapting his works, from Kim Sung-Soo's 비트 (Beat) to one of the first 'blockbuster Dramas' on TV, 아스팔트 사나이 (The Asphalt Man). His popular 식객 (Freeloader) will not only be adapted into a film with Kim Gang-Woo and Im Won-Hee, but also a Drama with Kim Rae-Won, so along with novelist Hwang Seok-Young, online manhwa artist Kangpool and veteran novelist Choi In-Ho, he's one of the hottest 'idea men' in Chungmuro nowadays. Heo, a native of Yeosu, debuted in the manhwa world in the mid 70s, and for the following three decades created many hits, both popular with the public and acclaimed by the critics. His 타짜 (The Master) which was adapted for Choi's film was first published in 1999, and Choi is only using Part one (out of four), as it's the most 'cinematic' of the entire series. The project started a few years ago, with Cha Seung-Jae of [now Sidus FNH] buying the rights for an adaptation, and making a proposal to Director Choi Dong-Hoon. Choi, who had a past as assistant director for Im Sang-Soo, debuted with a bang in 2004 with the stylish caper 범죄의 재구성 (The Big Swindle). The film rejuvenated Park Shin-Yang's career, it elevated Baek Yoon-Shik's cult status, but most importantly won Director Choi several important awards -- mostly dealing with his brilliant script, and many New Director Awards, at the Blue Dragon and Grand Bell in 2004.

Choi was preparing a film on the 1974 M-1 Carbine Rifle accident, which eventually didn't come into fruition, so Cha offered him the directing chair for this new project. At first Choi was a little skeptical, thinking turning such a work into a film would be too difficult, especially for someone with little directing experience like him -- despite never falling into the pitfalls of first time directors with his first film. But Cha persevered, and Choi read the manhwa once again. He completely fell for it, for its lack of cheap humanism (another quality of his debut film) and amazing pathos. He decided that if a few conditions were met, he'd agree to direct the film. Those conditions probably had to do with casting: Part 1 of the manhwa featured 80 characters, many of them with their own personality fleshed out within the story, so without a solid cast, even the best of scripts would have been useless. Choi had a first choice in mind, Song Kang-Ho. He sent him the script, but Song commented that if Park Chan-Wook -- who often gives advice to him on certain projects -- liked the outline, he would have starred in it. Park, not exactly known for being an expert or even being interested in gambling, didn't feel the suspense and cinematic intrigue a story like that could have, so Song eventually turned down the offer. The problem wasn't just suspense: today's audience in Chungmuro is mostly made of young viewers, who might known a few hwatu games -- like Go-Stop, which everyone can learn in a couple of weeks -- but the older, more difficult games like Sutda, games where you had to keep a score, where strategy was paramount, would that appeal to the younger audience?

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That's probably one of the reasons the film will only focus on Part 1, which covers Gon's journey to become a master of the game. So the viewer can learn along with him, experience the ups and downs of the game, the adrenaline rush when you win, and the horror of a big loss like what happens to Gon near the beginning, when he's cheated out of a huge sum of money by seasoned veterans, in a matter of hours. This is much different than just plunging into a game of experts, like the mahjong comedies shot in Hong Kong, where not knowing the game would ruin the fun. So using a sort of RPG-like approach, similar to what Lee Byung-Hoon does on TV with his Sageuk -- 상도 (Sang Do), 허준 (Hur Joon), 서동요 (The Ballad of Seo Dong) and the like -- helps the viewer focus on the real issue, the character's journey. There's no time wasted trying to guess which card the player is using, what strategy he's trying to implement, because the film will focus on a simple mantra: the highest card wins. One big change Choi had to make was the background of the story: the manhwa starts after the Korean War, with a young man from Mt. Jiri losing all of his sisters' money on the playing table. The rest of this Part 1 deals with his struggles to find the master, learn all the tricks of the trade from him, and finally come home with the money he lost.

The problem was that the period would instantly remind of one of the biggest 'cash cows' in Chungmuro, the 분단 (North/South Divide). But if that wasn't going to be the focus of your film, then it would only end up interfering with the story. And besides, the country was so poor in the 60s that some elements of realism (how 'big' the game could possibly be?) would be certainly lost -- the manhwa deals with it in ways that help the emotional 'background' of the characters -- so Choi decided to move the story to the 90s, with the same characters. Whereas the manhwa followed road movie tropes, the film will be more concerned with the character's growth, using the aforementioned RPG-like structure. Casting is quite interesting, and in some ways surprising. Perhaps the easiest of choices was Baek Yoon-Shik, who will once again play a cool character -- you could say it's starting to turn into typecasting, but Baek is such a monster talent that every time he gives you something new. But Jo Seung-Woo, further stripping himself from his early 'nice guy' image, and especially Kim Hye-Soo -- playing Madam Jung -- have a chance to expand their range, with roles much different than what they played in the past.

War of Flowers will soon complete shooting, for an October release.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE CAST

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I'm interested why you chose this project. Looking at the film from Gon's point of view, you could see it as a coming of age for him. Through your past works you created a very strong child-like image.

Jo Seung-Woo: There weren't too many scripts coming in, so I caught this one without hesitating a minute (laughs). I'm sorry for Heo Young-Man, but I didn't know much about his manhwa, I just heard Director Choi was writing the script for a film called 타짜 (War of Flowers), and I hoped I'd be chosen for the role. The director had complete faith in me, and I read the script in a moment, it was a lot of fun. I'm the kind of actor who likes to choose projects that make me nervous, even afraid sometimes, that's my first priority when choosing films. I heard the director wanted to 'change Jo's image from this quiet, innocent looking guy to someone always on the run', and that was exactly what I was looking for.

Director Choi Dong-Hoon commented that while Gon is reckless, there's also an almost cute side of him, and he shows a strong desire to win.

Jo: At first Director Choi told me that the film wasn't so much about the game's techniques, that we could fix that with CG anyway. But he slowly started becoming more and more cruel about it (laughs). As the difficulty of the techniques increased, he decided to use a 'stunt double'. I'm reading books to improve my technique, and even talked with people who led this kind of life. Looking only at our outside appearance, my image and that of the manhwa's main character, always foolish and too honest for his own good, are very different. The Gon in the film is always very quick on his feet and reckless, he almost gives you the impression he's just prattling around. The focus here is the changes the character goes through from simple-minded country boy to master of the game. It's always the case with the characters I play, but what really attracted me was the sort of challenge this film would represent, through Gon's growth.

You're working with an outstanding cast. Are you learning anything from them?

Jo: I felt an incredible amount of energy and vitality from Baek Yoon-Shik, even without the need to utter a word. At first it was a little hard, but as time went on it was so fun I regretted not having more scenes with him. As for Kim Hye-Soo, one day talking with Director Choi and my manager I said 'we don't call her 선배 (senior) for nothing', and that's exactly how I felt working with her. The first time I met her, be it gambling or playing tricks, I felt her range of expression was so wide she impressed me. Yoo Hae-Jin on the other hand was so cute I wanted to bite him.

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The character of Madam Jung is the biggest change from the original manhwa. How did you approach it?

Kim Hye-Soo: It's a really fascinating character. When I got the script, the difficult thing wasn't so much trying to portray her feelings, but giving her a voice of her own. In a way, she might look simple and innocent, but there's another side to her personality, she's a very ambitious woman. Enough to do everything to fulfill her needs, no matter how she gets there. Director Choi wanted me to conceal that feminine kindness and softness, instead of showing a sensible side of her personality. One thing I was worried about, despite the great cast and nice script, was whether I could portray this character, since our personalities are quite different, I don't think I carry someone like Madam Jung inside me. I decided not to solve everything by myself, but fix any problem with other people's help. When we finished shooting in Busan, I think I finally started understanding the character. Since Director Choi is very clear and precise, he gives you those feelings when working together as well, and of course the other actors I was working with helped me a lot. Especially Jo Seung-Woo: even though he might be younger and less experienced, he's a really nice actor. It was a really interesting film, especially in terms of human relations.

This is your first villain role, isn't it? And your fashion style is really interesting, more than anything.

Kim: It's my first villain in a film. Can you call Lady Jang in the Drama 장희빈 (Jang Heebin) a villain? Anyway, I had to emphasize certain sides of that character's personality for this role. Adding stronger ambition and desire to possess to the character, you may call it a villain. But the fact it's not a simple 'bad girl' character had its own charm. Whereas Baek's character sees gambling as a sort of metaphor for the cultivation of an art form, Madam Jung sees gambling as her life, the money she makes her driving force. I had no hand or choice in the film's costumes, it was the costume team who perfectly made them in accordance with the characters' personality.

Gon feels like a master in the making, while Go Gwang-Ryeol is a very clumsy one. It's quite an impressive character, actually.

Yoo Hae-Jin: People always say I'm clumsy (laugh). Go Gwang-Ryeol is a sort of poor man's master, he's just someone who gambles to put food on the table. In one of the other films I'm shooting I'm also playing one of those characters working hard to live well, I don't know if it's my specialty, or if it'll just look ordinary.

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타짜 (War of Flowers):

Director: 최동훈 (Choi Dong-Hoon)

Cast: 백윤식 (Baek Yoon-Shik), 조승우 (Jo Seung-Woo), 김혜수 (Kim Hye-Soo), 유해진 (Yoo Hae-Jin), 김윤석 (Kim Yoon-Seok)

Making Of (Streaming, 500k, Windows Media): mms://wms07.bcst.krn.yahoo.com/c/cine21.com/movie/making/2006/06/tajjae_making_500k.wmv

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Produced By: 싸이더스 FNH (Sidus FNH)

CRANK IN: April 3

RELEASE: October 2006

[Movieweek, Yahoo Korea, Yahoo Korea, nKino]

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Hi Shirley, melusine! The movie's high stakes is finally paying off, huh. :D Looks like JSA's placing in the movie history might not be so secured anymore. :P:lol:

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Oct 23, 2006

"War of Flower" Enters Box-office's Top-10

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The movie "War of Flower," based on the same-titled cartoon by cartoonist Heo Young-man, has joined the ranks of top-10 domestic movies.

Since its opening September 28, the film had drawn 5.68 million viewers as of October 22, according to its distributor, CJ Entertainment, surpassing the number of viewers drawn by "Married to Mafia" (5.66 million). If the film's popularity remains as high, it will likely even outperform "Joint Security Area," which is currently ranked ninth at 5.83 million viewers.

Viewers have been raving about the film for the stunning acting of its lead actress Kim Hye-soo and the impressive directing skills of director Choi Dong-hoon.

Another film, "Radio Star" by director Lee Jun-ik, which opened October 19, has also gained enormous popularity through word-of-mouth and is about to record its two millionth viewer. The film's distributor, Cinema Service, says the film ranks second or third among domestic movies in terms of booking rate.

Source: KBS Global

http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/new...1505_11858.html

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Nov 7, 2006

Korean Films’ Share Triples in 8 Years

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The share of domestic films this year is expected to record 60 percent on average, according to the box-office chain CJ CGV on November 6.

CJ CGV’s report says that the average share of Korean movies in the first ten months of the year (based on Seoul viewers) stood at 61.9 percent. CGV predicts that the overall share of domestic movies for the year will surpass 60 percent even if the shares for November and December turn out lower than expected.

It is the first time since the Korea Film Council began estimating domestic movies' shares in 1998 that the average annual share of Korean films surpassed 60 percent. Since 1998, the average annual share of Korean films has tripled in just eight years from 21.3 percent.

A person from CGV said the targeted share for 2006 will likely be easily achieved as no foreign blockbusters are expected to open in November and December except for "The Devil Wears Prada."

In October, domestic movies held 83.1 percent of the film market, the largest share for the year. That can be ascribed to the opening of such big hits as "War of Flowers," "Radio Star" and "Married to Mafia 3," which opened around the Chuseok holidays.

More than 1,410 viewers visited theaters in October alone, 32.6 percent more than in the same period a year ago and 31 percent more than in September. The accumulated number of moviegoers for the January-October period reached 140,842,584 people.

"War of Flowers" topped the October box-office rankings at 5.44 million viewers, followed by "Married to Mafia 3," "Radio Star," "Maundy Thursday" and others.

The top ranks in October were taken by domestic movies, while foreign movies ended up taking the lower spots, with "The Devil Wears Prada" finishing sixth, "BB Project" finishing ninth and "World Trade Center" finishing tenth.

"War of Flowers," which topped the October ranks, became the second most popular PG-rated movie after "Friend" by breaking the stereotype that only comedy movies can succeed during the Chuseok season. Another domestic blockbuster, "The Host," had drawn 12.97 million viewers as of late October, according to CGV.

Source: KBS Global

http://english.kbs.co.kr/society/news/1423989_11773.html

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Nov 10, 2006

Kim Hye-soo Selected Best Actress by Aspiring Actors

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Actress Kim Hye-soo has been selected the best actress by aspiring actors.

The results of a survey conducted on students majoring in filmmaking and education at 27 universities in October by the movie weekly "Movie Week" showed that Kim topped the poll.

The respondents said that would want to be cast in movies directed by Kim, if the actress ever becomes a film director.

Kim, who received 116 votes out of the total of 947, fully displayed her abilities in her latest movie "War of Flower."

Source: KBS Global

http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/new...4536_11858.html

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Nov 9, 2006

'War of Flowers' Biggest Hit This Autumn

The Korean film industry marked a milestone this season as the drama "War of Flowers" in movie theaters nationwide is encouraging more film adaptations of comic books.

The flick depicting the underground world of Korea's professional card players and packing theaters this fall was born not as a screenplay, but as a cartoon. Korean directors have drawn upon cartoons in the past, but this is a watershed for the genre.

One foreign expert on movies made in Korea says there are certain advantages to adapting cartoons into films. “You may already have a group of fans of the comic who would be interested in the film, so it's easier to market the film to audiences. If we look at the examples of Japan and the U.S., for many years they've been adapting comic books into films and they've had great success with that, and so there is no reason to expect that the same thing couldn't happen in Korea as well."

Not all Korean films based on popular comics have found success. Both the horror flick "Apartment" and the teenage comedy "Dasaepo Naughty Girls" failed to win over moviegoers, each luring around 600,000 nationwide. But despite the bumpy start, some industry executives say it makes solid business sense.

"We decided to distribute 'War of Flowers' because it's less risky for the producer as we, the distributor, don't need to worry about whether the public will like the film,” the film’s distributor said.

Huh Young-man, who created "War of Flowers,” has since penned another popular comic, about a chef in a cooking competition.

Source: Arirang News

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0611090025.html

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A Gambling, Scrambling Life

By MATT ZOLLER SEITZ

Published: February 1, 2007

"Tazza" is a Korean word referring to a gambler at the height of his powers. It could be applied to this film's writer and director, Choi Dong Hoon, who transforms what could have been another chronology-scrambling time waster into a terrific film about the sensual energy and reckless optimism of youth.

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BAEK Yoon-sik, Kim Hye-soo and CHO Seung-woo in "Tazza: The High Rollers."

Based on a Korean comic strip, the plot finds the gambling-addicted hero, Go Ni (Jo Seung Woo, who has the young John Cusack's rumpled cool), losing his savings and his sister's alimony money to bad luck and crooked adversaries. Desperate to win it all back, he seeks tutoring from an old pro, Pyeong Gyeong Jang (Baek Yun Shik), then gets further instruction, as well as T.L.C. from Madam Jeong (Kim Hye Soo), a gambling ace who's Lee Marvin in Ava Gardner's body. She and Go Ni have a relaxed, tender chemistry, like characters from an early Jean-Luc Godard picture.

The Rubik's cube narrative includes moments of low humor, romantic yearning and shocking violence, with a detailed appreciation of the tactics of card games. But the film's true pleasures are visceral, sensual: the curve of a woman's naked back as she sits on a bed talking to her lover; the star-field glitter of a nighttime cityscape; the interplay of color-coded rectangles in Mr. Choi's widescreen shots, whose frames-within-frames evoke the Pop Art gorgeousness of early Pedro Almodóvar. Bet on "Tazza" to entertain; you can't lose.

TAZZA

The High Rollers

Opens today in Manhattan.

Directed by Choi Dong Hoon; written (in Korean, with English subtitles) by Choi Dong Hoon, based on the comic book by Heo Yeong Man and Kim Se Yeong; director of photography, Choi Yeong Hwan; edited by Shin Min Gyeong; music by Jang Yeong Gyu; production designer, Yang Hong Sam; produced by Cha Seung Jae and Kim Mi Heui; released by C J Entertainment. At the Imaginasian Theater, 239 East 59th Street, Manhattan. Running time: 139 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Cho Seung Woo (Go Ni), Kim Hye Soo (Madam Jeong), Baek Yun Shik (Mr. Pyeong), Yoo Hae Jin (Gwang) and Kim Yun Seok (Agwee).

from http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/01/movies/0...amp;oref=slogin

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I watched today and was just as good as I expected it to be. It had one of the surprising twist like Monopoly. This movie actually had several of twists.

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can someone upload for me the sub of this movie ? I've dl this movie from CB naynay123 single verison but I couldn't dl sub . plz help me

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